Innovation to Support Those at Risk of Falling
NHS West Midlands Regional Innovation Fund
HDTI, Coventry University, West Midlands Joint Improvement Partnership, NHS Warwickshire, NHS West Midlands
The Health Design & Technology Institute (HDTI) in partnership with the West Midlands Region Telehealthcare Network and Warwickshire PCT, was funded by NHS West Midlands to carry out an evaluation of the use of fall detectors within the West Midlands Region.
The service evaluation used "rapid appraisal techniques" for the swift assessment of local views and perceptions of the problems and needs relating to the use of fall detectors across the region. To identify areas of good practice, service innovation and whole system thinking within falls prevention and response service delivery across the region, an in-depth case study approach was used where the researchers involved practitioners to capture this data, evaluate practice and highlight best practice service delivery.
This mixed method study found that there is a lack of knowledge amongst the public and healthcare professionals, which can prevent the use of fall detectors by people who may benefit from them. It was also found that there is a need for sharing of best practice across the region to develop the use of technology within falls services.
As a result of this project, a range of resources were produced, aimed at health and social care professionals and the general public to raise awareness of falls prevention, detection, response and best practice. You can explore the resources developed in the tabs below.
Resources for Professionals